Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Writing Workshop Mini Lesson- Onomatopoeia

Happy Wednesday, Friends!!!

I am happy to be linking up with my friend Jessica at Ideas by Jivey for her Workshop Wednesday Lesson.
Today's topic is a favorite writing mini lesson. I have so many, so it was tough just picking one....but....I decided on one of my MOST FAVORITE lessons: Using Onomatopoeia in our Writing!

Many of my fourth graders already know what onomatopoeia is, but they don't use it in their writing. To get my kids excited about this skill and to encourage them to use it in their own writing, I start by reading a favorite book: Honey...Honey...Lion by Jan Brett (one of my favorite authors!). There are some amazing examples of onomatopoeia in this book! So, I use this book as a mentor text to show how the author uses onomatopoeia. 
As I read the book aloud, the students have a graphic organizer pasted in their writer's notebooks to record the onomatopoeia words they hear. Then, after I have finished reading, we share the onomatopoeia we heard and create an anchor chart. The anchor chart can then be hung on the wall, and the students can add other examples of onomatopoeia that they find in their own books. I end the mini lesson by encouraging my students to use some of these words in their writing to make their stories come alive. The students turn to a story they have already written and their writer's notebooks and they try to revise it by adding in onomatopoeia words. At the end of writing, we share out how we revised and used this new skill. 

Here is the graphic organizer that they paste in their notebooks. It can be used with any book! Click on it to download it for FREE! 

Do you have any other ideas for teaching students to use onomatopoeia in their writing? 
Thanks for visiting us today!
Stacia :)


  1. I love Jan Brett but I have never read this book. I will definitely have to check this one out! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks so much for linking up!! :) We learned how onomatopoeia can be interjections and so we HAD to watch the schoolhouse rock song about interjections. They LOVED it! :)

  3. Thanks for the graphic organizer. I will have to add this to our writing binder resources next year.

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  4. My kids love onomatopoeia! We just finished learning more about them...they were so excited when I introduced it. Thanks for the organizer!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  5. I love teaching Onomatopoeia with my kids. I have a poem that I share with them and then give them a list of things that make noise. They work with a partner to create an onomatopoeia for that item. I then have them keep their list as a reference for their writing pieces.
    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  6. How did you know I'm doing a lesson with onomatopoeia next week? Thanks for the freebie! I need to find that book stat!

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  7. Love onomatopoeia! Don't know this book-thanks for sharing! It's like a bonus mentor text linky! :O)
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  8. I can totally see doing this whole class with my firsties to introduce them to onomatopoeia! I have the book already so that is perfect! Thanks so the freebie and this great lesson!

    Learning to the Core

  9. Thank you again for another GREAT mentor text suggestion:) I have it pinned for future reference!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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